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amelia-earharts-plane-foundDid We Find Amelia Earhart's Plane?

Underwater video near a Pacific island has uncovered an area of debris that could be parts of Amelia Earhart's plane.  In July of 2012, a team of researchers embarked on an Earhart expedition (called TIGHAR) that centered on the location of Gardener island in the western part of the Pacific Ocean.  Experts surmise that certain evidence pointed to the possibility that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan might have actually survived the plane crash in 1937 and lived on an Island upon disappearing.  The $2.2 million expedition began with vehicles that could go underwater designed to search for plane wreckage at the bottom of the reef just off the island’s coast.

The story of Amelia Earhart has long been a mystery.  Amelia was the first woman to fly a plane in a world of male dominance, and certainly in the world of aviation.  Her rise to fame and Amelia Earhart's disappearance captivated the world.  And now, there is a possibility we may learn more about Amelia Earhart's disappearance through this new discovery. 

Amelia Earhart's Plane Crash

Researchers believe Amelia Earhart’s plane crashed in the ocean on the Nikumaroro reef and then was swept out to sea.  And the research team battled technical problems because of the complicated oceanic conditions of the reef, furthering their speculation that the plane would not be intact.  The environmental conditions are such in that area that the ocean literally breaks up debris and attempts to bury it. 

After a disappointing attempt at photographing the oceanic bottom due to harsh conditions, the research team settled in Honolulu, which is located 1,800 miles northeast of the island, Nikumaroro.  However, all was not lost.  Though the men could not submerge, they took underwater video for hours that revealed what appears to be man-made debris, possibly Amelia Earhart’s plane.

What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Amelia Earhart disappearance, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left New Guinea July 2 in 1937 to fly around the world.  But the day that they departed they went missing.  Needless to say, they were never found.

Experts have said that finding Amelia Earhart's air craft will be difficult due to the Pacific Ocean’s volatile current and active environment.  In essence, if the researchers do find the plane it will be in pieces.  Still, researchers seem almost certain that they know where the airplane went down.

Having attained video of the possible airplane parts, the next step is to return and recover the objects and examine them.  Hopefully we will better know what happened to this pioneering aviator and the mystery will be solved.

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